The Hungry Goddess is a Confirmed Carnivore. I love my veggies but meat figures into several meals a week. And don’t even get me started on bacon or pork belly. I have made a concerted effort to cut down my red meat intake but I now have a new love – BISON STEAK.
I had Bison burgers when I lived out west and I liked them well enough, but I have been checking out the bison steaks at Whole Foods for a few weeks now. Since GRILLING is the topic for the #HGEATS chat this week, I thought grilling a bison steak was perfect timing. And it was. Perfect that is.
Bison steak is lean. LEAAAAAAAAN. Since Bison live free on the range, there are no bizarre hormones or chemicals and that makes it lean and CLEAN. Bison meat is nutrient dense and way better for us than beef:
Research by Dr. M. Marchello at North Dakota State University has shown that the meat from Bison is a highly nutrient dense food because of the proportion of protein, fat, mineral, and fatty acids to its caloric value. Comparisons to other meat sources have also shown that Bison has a greater concentration of iron as well as some of the essential fatty acids necessary for human well being. National Bison Association
The fat level alone is staggering (in a good way!)!
Now let’s talk about flavor – excuse me while I lick my plate. Literally. I bought the bison steak at Whole Foods – it was $13.99/pound. I put it in a medium to hot grill pan with a bit of oil and butter and liberal salt and pepper and treated it the same way that I would make a beef steak. Cooked to medium rare (a bit on the rare side) produced a PERFECT STEAK. A steak that made me want more immediately. I did read that bison does not do well on an open flame so if you have any experience with it on the open grill, let me know. The grill pan worked just fine for me.
Baby Portobello mushrooms and curly kale sauteed lightly in a pan with garlic and oil was an excellent complement. No recipe needed – cook them over medium heat and toss frequently. I like my mushrooms on the verge of done and my kale cooked enough to mesh with the garlic.
Healthy. Delicious. I love BISON. And you will too. Let me know about your culinary bison adventures!